Cambodia’s King Sihamoni Transfers Court Officials in ‘Reshuffle’

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has moved almost 60 court officials, judges, and prosecutors to new posts across the country in a move welcomed by NGOs and legal experts, who said that more still needs to be done to restore judicial independence in the autocratic Southeast Asian state.

The transfers were enacted by royal decrees signed by the king on Oct. 27 in his role as head of Cambodia’s Supreme Council of Magistracy, Cambodian media said on Tuesday.

Aimed at reducing corruption in the country’s judicial system, the transfers—a “routine procedure” authorized every four years—still fall short of reforms needed to ensure fair and honest dealings in the courts, one rights activist told RFA’s Khmer Service.

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